Journalism’s Financial Crisis: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

Note when the racial bean-counters in the media speak glowingly about diversity it’s only about skin color. Nothing about diversity of thought or ideology. If that were the case the breakdown would probably be somewhere along the lines of 98% liberal, 2% conservative. Assuming those conservatives dared to identify themselves. Yet here we have a story about how financial woes have affected so-called diversity in American newsrooms, and clearly George W. Bush is to blame.

The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) recently released its annual study of newsroom diversity. The results only confirmed what many who have lived through the industry’s deep recession have already experienced: a steady decline in minority journalists and stagnation in prior progress. Despite claims by news organizations that they value and promote diversity, the numbers in this year’s study show 90 percent of newsroom supervisors from participating news organizations were white.

Indeed, these same folks who obsess over race sure don’t practice what they preach. We’d call them liberal hypocrites but that’s redundant.

At a time when non-whites make up roughly 37 percent of the U.S. population, the percentage of minorities in the newsroom has fallen to 12.37 percent from its 13.73 percent high in 2006. In last year’s 2012 ASNE study, overall newsroom employment was down 2.4 percent, but the picture looked much worse – down 5.7 percent – for minorities.

This means that fewer minorities are getting the opportunity to work in news, and news organizations are losing their ability to empower , represent, –and especially in cases where language ability is crucial, even to report on minority populations in their communities.

So what do they blame for the increased racism and lack of diversity? Plummeting ad revenue, of course.

Any attempts that might otherwise be made to remedy the problem have taken a backseat to economic concerns. Newspaper advertising revenues are less than half of what they were in 2006, and papers once accustomed to healthy profit margins struggle to stay afloat.

Maybe if they weren’t so biased their revenue wouldn’t have taken such a hit.

The result is that Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, says she has watched journalists of color leave newsrooms at an alarming rate, even as the audience consuming news has grown more diverse. “The news media and the nation are moving in two different directions,” she says. “News media is getting whiter as the country is getting browner.” Journalists of color “feel their voice is not heard, their story ideas are not validated, and they don’t see room for advancement.”

Still, it doesn’t matter at all if they’re 100% “journalists of color” or not, the main problem with most newspapers is they’re hopelessly slanted to the left. Everyone knows this but the last ones to admit are these so-called journalists themselves.

One Response to “Journalism’s Financial Crisis: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit”

  1. jukin on 10/10/13 at 12:22 pm

    I remember a picture of Keith ” douche” Olberman’s staff at Current TV and out of 40+ white people one lone black guy.